I'm just about 4 months along now and showing plenty. I think it's almost to the point of making running uncomfortable, so I ordered a belly band for extra workout support.
Great news! I have been feeling lots of movement these past 3 days - not even 17 weeks yet. That was kind of surprising to me, but its unmistakeable. Maybe it's an act of God because it has really made me feel a connection to this baby, which I was lacking before. So it's been fun and exciting for me to feel the baby move, and even responding to me when I put my hand there and feel direct "kicks"!
I have something on my mind about that, I was wanting to research. Whenever you read about the fetus responding negatively to certain tests, ultrasounds, etc., it says the baby will get more active and kick out. (This happened to me personally, getting an electro-dermal testing done at the naturopath's office last pregnancy at about 7 months. Elisabeth went CRAZY in my belly, I got nauseated and headache, and we had to stop. How's that for an electric current throughout your body??) So anyway my question is, how do you know if a baby's kicking is good, or if they are in stress or discomfort? Maybe a baby is in discomfort more often than we realize. but I'm not sure what would inflict that other than maybe certain foods, noise?? but in all my pregnancies I usually feel the kicking when I am resting so that wouldn't make much sense. What do you readers think?
Anyhow I am reading the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing, with a lot of mixed feelings. I have a big decision to make; or maybe it's not my decision at all and I will have to surrender to E's needs.... It seems very sweet, but also so much work and perhaps exhausting to my physical energy level (as well as emotionally...and I don't need to be irritable and resenting my toddler when I have a baby to care for). I work from home 2-3 hours a day which we need for income, plus going to the gym, and I just don't think I could keep up with all that (but then again, maybe a change of seasons is in order and I need to stay home and focus on mothering more?) My other fear is that if E is still nursing when my milk comes in, she will certainly not wean anytime soon! Should I just do it while I have a chance? She was getting close to weaning at first (with my supply dwindling) but then she came back with a vengeance, very determined to get some milk. She loves that milk!!